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Warning: This article contains images that may be triggering for some readers.

Warning: This article contains images that may be triggering for some readers.

Chelsea Manning, the former whistleblower and transgender activist, is safe, according to her Twitter account, after posting and then deleting an apparent suicide warning.

Late Sunday night, Manning tweeted two apologies and posted a photo that appeared to have been taken from the ledge of a building overlooking a street.

“I’m sorry—I tried—I’m sorry I let you all down—I’m not really cut out for this world,” she wrote in one of the now-deleted tweets. “I tried adapting to this world out here but I failed you—I couldn’t do this anymore—I can take people I don’t know hating me but not my own friends—I tried and I’m sorry about my failure.”

Then, Manning posted a photo of two feet close to the edge of the building with the caption, “I’m sorry.”

Manning’s tweets sparked an immediate reaction on Twitter with people desperately asking if anybody knew a way to contact her.

Manning attempted suicide in 2016 while she was serving a 35-year prison sentence for leaking government files to WikiLeaks. A few months later, she began a hunger strike to protest what she believed was the U.S. government’s lack of care for her gender dysphoria. Manning was released from prison in 2017 after President Barack Obama commuted her sentence.

Soon after Manning’s original tweet on Sunday night, this appeared on her timeline.

Manning last week declared her disappointment with a lack of enthusiasm from voters and intimated that she didn’t think taking part in that civil duty could make a difference.

Dawn Ennis, the person to whom Manning was originally responding to in the now-deleted tweets, is a former ABC News producer who came out as trangender in 2013. She responded to Manning’s tweets, writing late Sunday night, “I truly wish her well. And I expect a new wave of online anger and hate to greet me, too. Be kind to all those who struggle. I myself will work harder to bear that in mind.”

On Monday morning, Ennis tweeted this.

In January, Manning filed paperwork to run for a U.S. Senate seat in Maryland. The Democratic primary will be held June 26.

For more information about suicide prevention or to speak with someone confidentially, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (U.S.) or Samaritans(U.K.).

Josh Katzowitz

Josh Katzowitz

Josh Katzowitz is a staff writer at the Daily Dot specializing in YouTube and boxing. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. A longtime sports writer, he's covered the NFL for CBSSports.com and boxing for Forbes. His work has been noted twice in the Best American Sports Writing book series.